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  • Caroline McNairn
Looking Outside
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Looking Outside 1987

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
McNairn’s paintings often contain a combination of interior and cityscape images. Here, the recognisable shape of a pot plant in the foreground is set against the familiar outline of the Scott monument, trees, a modern tower block, and a bridge similar to the Forth road bridge in the background. Other shapes are more mysterious. The title suggests that the artist was ‘looking outside’ through a window, but she presents us with a variety of images from different places, instead of a straightforward view. McNairn’s bold paintings are dominated by a palette of soft but cool colours – blues, greys, purples and pinks.

Glossary Open


A hand-held board on which a painter lays out and mixes the colours he or she is using. By extension it is used to describe the range of colours employed by an artist.



  • Acc. No. GMA 3474
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 182.90 x 182.90 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1989